I am listening, thank you. But I felt the need to correct you because your evidence was faulty. Nastily saying that our characters had influential political marriages is false, and I have no idea how to approach being accused of using Staff NPCs to funnel plots to characters like it is a bad thing.
Has Grey been in a lot of scenes? Yeah, and I think he acknowledged that. But, is he the central character? Uh, no. Quantity of participation does not equate absolute influence (edited to include the word absolute). Characters who have made significant impact on the direction of the story so far by their actions through RP and requests and their interactions with Staff NPCs:
Characters who are impacting the story through their interpersonal relationships with other characters who are not already in the list above:
I'm sure there are others, and I hope they realize that me forgetting of them is not a slight.
I'm a storytelling-based Staffer. I don't seek to create games just to give people sandboxes to play in. I'm there to tell a story -- so yes, The Husband has been in a lot of scenes The Wife is running, but I am in charge of this story arc, so I'm running a lot of scenes and naturally he's going to be participating in the story -- and why shouldn't he? If he wasn't a staffer, he'd still be in those scenes. If he wasn't a staffer, he'd still be throwing himself out for RP. If he's not running the scene, why does it matter that he's there to participate, and participate at the same level as other PCs?
The thing that bothers me about the ire here is that there's some misplaced assumption that Staffers are not allowed to participate in the games they run. Most Staffers become Staff because they play the game, and play it well, and are recognized. Doesn't mean they suddenly stop playing their characters when they become Staff. And most people who create MUSHes tend to want to play in the game they create, otherwise why create it?
There are plenty of games out there that are run by a private group of people who don't invite others in because they want to play their little games without having to deal with anonymous issues. Obviously that's not why I created this game with Draco and @Seraphim73, because if that was my intention, I'm pretty sure I'd just go RP in a Google Doc with some close knit friends and play out my The 100 fantasy stories there.
Being Staff is hard, and not always fun, and definitely makes you the focus of ire if you mess anything up, but I like telling stories with people. I told stories with you, @Ghost, on 5W and you sure didn't seem to mind it when your character was given special scenes with NPCs or particular highlights. So, whatever chapped your ass in 5W is a total mystery to me based on the stories you participated in and were invited to participate in.
I do what I can, and I think I do it pretty well in the long run. Do I probably fuck it up sometimes? Well, gosh darn, I sure do, but I also think that I try to be pretty damn transparent when I do fuck it all up.
But, I'm here to tell stories about and with my characters too, just like everyone else who comes to the game. And I make it my weekly goal to find at least one character to throw a story hook to -- sometimes big, sometimes small. If @Seraphim73 is a bad player because he participates in RP and joins in on scenes, and generally tries to engage in the story, well then shoot my ovaries, bummer for him. But he's not doing anything any other active player isn't doing on that game -- which is show up and RP.
So if the game doesn't fit you, or you had a bad experience on 5W (which I'm pretty smart enough to know that some people did, because never has there been a game that makes everyone crow), that's fine. And if people are really upset that PCs whose players are Staffers participate in story, I think that they definitely are never going to like playing on a game where I Staff, and probably would be happier somewhere else where Staff either flat out lie which characters are theirs to hide their participation (sometimes for good, sometimes for ill) or just always play NPCs.
Just to nail it home: Yup. Staffers have PCs on The 100, and yeah, they RP with others and participate in story, and aren't just background characters. If that's a problem, then I have no idea why anyone would want to be Staff to begin with. I'd give up being a Staffer before I gave up being a Player.
And just to make @Admiral happy: Come play The 100 MUSH. Frankie almost has her moonshine still in full operation, so underage drinking is incoming!